Rosie Nadine (Deering) Rodgers
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Belfast - Rosie Nadine (Deering) Rodgers

BELFAST - Rosie Rodgers, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, died on St. Valentine's Day, 2020, at her home in Belfast at the age of 100 having lived a full and spirited life. Born in Caribou, Maine, April 27, 1919, she was the last surviving child of the nine children of George Deering, Sr. and Jemele (Sfeir) Deering who immigrated to the U.S. in 1903 from Lebanon.
Rosie was very active in Caribou High School where she was a member of the National Honor
Society, the Literary Club, editor of the yearbook, class officer, and standout athlete in
basketball and tennis where she was team captain. These were but a few of her activities. No
wonder she was named "peppiest girl" and whose motto in her yearbook was "When you rest,
you rust." This level of energy was manifest throughout her long life. She graduated shortly
after turning 16 and then worked in her family's business before working briefly at Pratt &
Whitney in Connecticut during the war.
In May 1943, she married Richard J. Rodgers whom she met in Presque Isle where he was
serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war and living briefly in New Jersey, Richard's
home state, they relocated to Pittsfield, Maine, in 1950, where they raised their six children.
She and Dick owned and operated Dick's Riverview service station and store for many years.
After her youngest was in school, Rosie worked for Church Goods Manufacturing Co., (later
C.M. Almy Co.) in Pittsfield for 20 years, retiring in 1980.
Rosie was a woman with the ability to adapt and change with the times, but with her own spin.
She bought a new car in June 2019, after turning 100 in April. She wasn't going far, but she
wasn't going to sit still either. She was always ready for a new adventure or trip to visit children
and grandchildren wherever they might be. She enjoyed a trip to Lebanon in 1997 with family
members to discover her maternal and paternal relatives whom she had never previously met.
Throughout her life, Rosie was frugal, yet generous. Long before it became popular, she
preached to all her children and grandchildren, the necessity of saving, reusing, repurposing,
and recycling. She was a practiced cook of Lebanese foods and bread, a seamstress, knitter,
braider of rugs and chair caner. Always ready for a family party or to play any game, she enjoyed a good (meaning competitive) game of cards from Bridge to Scat and often won. She was a founder of the Belfast Bridge Group.
Rosie is survived by her six children: Carol (Rodgers) Good and partner Debra Hockensmith; Patricia (Rodgers) Skaling (Michael); Richard Rodgers (Jennifer); Robert "Buck" Rodgers (Alberta); Roy Rodgers and Rafe Blood; Kathryn (Rodgers) Trudell and partner Dennis Mitchell.
She leaves 13 grandchildren: Sean Skaling; Sari Skaling Rauscher; Cedar Rodgers Lovell; Vanessa
Rodgers; Tait Rodgers; Bryn Rodgers Faucher; Richard Rodgers; Amos Rodgers; Leah Rodgers; Hanna Rodgers Paglione; Ian Rodgers; Adam Rodgers; Kira Trudell; and Sonia Trudell Stauffeneker; her sister-in-law Lorraine Deering; 20 great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard J. Rodgers, and a great- granddaughter, Mariah Faucher.
Honoring Rosie's wishes, there will be no visitation hours. A funeral mass will be celebrated at
11AM, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 81 Court St., Belfast. A
summer memorial celebration will be planned. Burial will be in the spring next to her husband in Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
If desired, Memorial Donations may be made in her memory to MaineHealth Care at Home, 125
Northport Ave., #106, Belfast 04915 or to St. Francis of Assisi Church, c/o St. Brendan the
Navigator, 7 Union St., Camden, 04843. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Rosie's family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
Published on February 14, 2020


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Stacy Hurchinson
Feb 21, 2020
My sincere condolences to you all. "Aunt" Rosie was a very caring, feisty woman, and she leaves you with an amazing legacy. So fortunate to have her in your lives for so many years. Love to you.
Antoinette Disy Makarewicz
Feb 18, 2020
So sad to hear of Rosie’s passing. What a beautiful and full life she lived. Such fond memories of stopping in Pittsfield with my Dad for a quick visit with Rosie and Dick. Sending love and prayers ...
Norm Viger
Feb 16, 2020
Carol and Pat,
Sorry to hear about your mother. I never knew her well, but she always struck me as being a very gracious loving lady. I love the story about her new car. We should all aspire to have a life so full of adventure
Greg and Kathie Disy
Feb 14, 2020
We are so grateful to have attended her 100th birthday celebration. What a wonderful woman she was. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.